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    September 12, 2012
    6:00 - 6:30pm EDT  

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>> this is "bbc world news." funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to know your business, offering
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capital to help you meet your growth objectives. we offer expertise and tailored solutions for small businesses and major corporations. >> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is bbc world news america reporting from washington. american dems the attack on the consulate in libya -- condemns the attack on the consulate in libya. >> how could this happen in a country we helped liberate and the city we helped saved from destruction. >> killed for being gay. authorities in iraq are behind the systematic persecution of
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homosexuals, and capturing the world in color a century after usmovies broke out in black and white, the first films are being discovered. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. no american ambassador has been killed in the line of duty since 1979, but today the flags haveeen put at half mast in honor of chris stevens. the u.s. ambassador and three other diplomats were killed in the raid. the white house is investigating whether the attacks were planned, and president obama has promised to bring the killers to justice. >> in the darkness and
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confusion, witnesses said the area was cordoned off by heavily armed men. the attack was linked with an american film the attackers then insulting the prophet mohammed. >> we have to stop this. stopping the film is our hope. >> by the morning the u.s. consulate in bengasi was in ruins, but this was not the first attack. in june the convoy was hit. no one was killed, and the un has also been targeted. the u.s. ambassador christopher stephens started his time as envoy to anti-gaddafi rebels. the libyan government said he was killed by old regime loyalists. they speculated the attack might have been to mark the
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anniversary of 9-11. >> there is no justification to this. the world must stand together to reject these acts. already many libyans have joined us in doing so, and these will not break the bonds between the united states and libya. >> the new prime minister has just been named after the recent elections, but the killing shows that in and when a new libya, armed groups continue to act seemingly with impunity. in cairo, demonstrators are blaming the u.s. for the film. it is a challenge for the muslim-lead government which has condemned the film while calling for protests. in libya the government will
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want this type of demonstration, pro america but against the film. the danger that in might be viewed across the region as legitimate anchor. -- anger. >> i am joined by the u.s. state official who served as the president of the council on foreign relations. we do not know the motives behind the attack, but what we do know is this is a very unstable country. we have a government that is moderate or pro-american, but that is not true of everyone. >> it underscores the reality it is one thing to out of authoritarian regimes, and it is something -- to ask authoritarian regimes, and it is something different to meet international obligations, one of which is to provide safety for diplomatic missions.
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>> you think it is realistic to ask a country that has effectively just been through a civil war to be able to fulfill its obligations? the libyan government barely has a police force and an army at its disposal. >> we can argue if it is realistic, but it is necessary. if you are going to have tourists and investment, you have got to be able to provide the basics of security. we are not going to ask them to protect every part of their territory, but high targetted places like the u.s. embassy or consulate, particularly on 9-11, it seems that is not a stretch that is a particular target, but it is also possible that is simply a mob that was targeted or whether it is more premeditated by a terrorist offshoots. >> whatever the cause we will learn as time unfolds.
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it is a bit early to speculate right now, and what it highlights is a quandary for american foreign policy in opposed arab spring region, which is still very volatile. >> absolutely, and going forward the united states is going to have to deal with this. to what extent do we make foreign assistance conditional? if so, on what kinds of behavior is? this is not limited to libya of. this is going to be the case in cairo with egypt's going forward. this is going to be an extremely difficult diplomatic process. there are going to be moments of instability, and this is not going to be short lived. i think we are talking about years and decades of uneasy relationships with regimes that are unable or unwilling to be a partner with the united states. >> you have often said this is
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going to take time, but we have seen what protests in tunis, protests in libya, protests in egypt, you think the washington establishment has come up with a convincing way of dealing with the arab world in light of the arab spring? >> the short answer is no. part of the middle east is i believe there is a reduction of influence for all outsiders. there is also reduction of influence for authority. it is not clear what governments can control, so i think it is going to be a difficult time for the united states and for everyone, but what is not going to changes how vulnerable we are to what comes from the region, so it is a terrible combination where we have tremendous interest yet limited capacity to protect them,
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exactly what you do not want in foreign policy, that is exactly what the reality is. >> thank you for joining me from new york. now to pakistan were 290 people are thought to have died when a fire swept through a factory. it is one of the worst industrial accidents in the country's history. many were unable to escape because the building had no alarms and no sprinklers. the blaze happened in the city of karachi. >> coming to recover the dead, many lost their lives in the basement of the factory. there are desperate calls heading to be saved, and among the victims, three young sisters who died together, their family now in morning like so many
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others. she knows both her daughters may have lost their husbands. they said take care of yourselves and the children. we do not know if we will make it home. dozens survived by jumping from the rules or of her stories. a crane made a hole in the wall, and i jumped, but five of my relatives were trapped inside. this is the inferno from which he escaped. the windows have metal grills. police say most of the workers did not stand a chance. >> there wasthe exit, and all
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the people got trapped. >> there is still a search for bodies. officials say many of those who died have come to collect their wages. tonight rescue workers are still there. employees say it was a death trap, but as is often the case, the authorities allowed it to remain open. relatives are asking if anyone will be held to account. >> the russian president medvedev are calling for three members of the event was the right -- the band pussy riot to be free. they were sentence after performing of prayer in moscow 's casino asking the virgin mary
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to save them. prime minister david cameron has apologized for police failure in 1989 and a cover-up that followed. there have been two explosions outside a hotel where the newly elected somali president is based. the president himself is unharmed, but for members of security forces are reported to have been killed. the militant group al-shabaab has claimed responsibility. iraq has struggled to protect its people, but some of the population has suffered more than others. now law enforcement agencies are actively involved in the persecution of homosexuals. hundreds of gay men and women died in killings.
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>> the list first appeared in the streets of baghdad saturday. in the name of god the merciful, the four warned. they gave name and address those. by 2009, the witch hunt had begun. >> we had cases where heads were cut off or head-. -- heads bashed. >> they think by killing them they are closing society in -- cleansing society. " this is a story of modern-day iraq where young men and women are killed for being gainey.
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a lot has changed since i was last here. american troops are gone. explosion still happen. while this is a dangerous city, the streets are a lot more normal, but what has also changed is for one group of people, baghdad is more dangerous than ever before. hiding from the police in a baghdad safe house, what have we done that is so wrong, nancy asks. she is gay. that alone can get you killed in iraq. murders of days by militiamen in iraq have been well-documented, but evidence shows the government is complice it in a systematic and organized persecution of homosexuals.
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he came to warn to find his boyfriend in one of the cells. there was no arrest warrant and nothing they could do to help him. >> being gay is not a legal in iraq. they said, we must kill you all. >> 2 days later, his boyfriend is dead. now they received the first threat in february after the media reported dozens of young men were being killed in baghdad. in iraq, they are associated with gays. the interior ministry responded by saying he had to be eradicated. the united nations confirmed 12
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deaths. the u.n. believes the real number is much higher. the accounts of 17 caveman -- gay men are consistent. all of them say the interior minister statement sparked a new wave. the government denies there is an issue. >> this is like telling a black person not to be black. >> that person by nature is black. >> what is homosexuality? a laxative not by nature. it is behavior. -- >> it is not by nature. it is behavior. >> activists say of to 1000 gay
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men and women have been killed in iraq since 2004, most of them in recent years. here is why some believe the targeted killings are destroying the promise of free iraq. >> if one person does not feel safe common they will kill them. when they finish him, they will turn to the second person. they will come and kill you, and nobody will speak. if we stay quiet about the killing of a gay person, the woman will be killed. the marginalized will be killed. other minorities will be killed, and none of us will be around.
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>> it's like we do not exist, she says jermaine -- to me. the government does not want them to exist. they are investigating the targeted killings of homosexuals in iraq. still to come, germany's top court clears the way for the country to ratify europe's new bailout fund, but the relief comes with strings attached. scientists say they are a step closer to finding a cure to some types of deafness is successfully used embryonic stem cells to reverse hearing loss. >> these nerve cells and now under the microscope are hoping they can one gain in rivers
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they were created by stem cells of have the ability to turn into any tissue. in this condition, nerve cells in the inner ear are damaged, preventing sound from traveling along the auditory nerve to the brain like cutting a telephone wire. researchers through stem cells -- grew stem cells into healthy replacement nerve cells. they injected these into gerbils, considered a good animal model for human hearing and found out on average 45% of hearing was restored. >> this is proved themselves can be used to repair the damage here, but this is only the beginning. we think this is a good step
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forward. >> she says she could hear perfectly as a child until she contracted typhoid. she works of the charity but funded research and says she volunteers for any patient trials, but many questions remain, such as does the hearing impairment last. the gerbils to move followed up for 10 weeks, and is it safe? and and and these uncertainties mean patient trials using these cells are still several years away. >> it is not something you hear us say very often, but there was good news for the euro today. voters in the netherlands cast their ballots, and in germany the top court approved german
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involvement in a bailout fund of indebted eurozone countries. the ruling did have limits, but it is being seen as a way to help stabilize the single currency. >> for a moment today, europe's eyes were on these men and women, the judges of germany's constitutional court. would they declare the new bailout fund illegal? the judges gave the go ahead for a fund seen as essential to fighting the eurozone crisis, so what did the court agreed? it gave the green light to contribute to the permanent bailout fund, with a 500 million-dollar war chest seen as central to helping out troubled eurozone countries. angela merkel arrived at parliament. she knew 37,000 germans had
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petitioned the court, fearful but control over german budget was being lost. she also knew her european strategy depended on the court backing her. >> i say it is it today for germany and a good day for europe. >> the court did rule if german liabilities were to increase further in parliament would have to give its approval. >> those who petition the court are given new bailout fund emboldens more power is going to eu institutions without proper democratic control. one of the petitioners said the decision to support was bad for german democracy. >> high-end disappointing -- i am disappointed because they
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finance of the expense of the north and europe. >> even here there are signs the german economy is slowing and support for further bailouts is weakening. at some point enough is enough. germany has its own problems. we should deal with them. >> we are worried germany might also go down. >> european integration is deepening. a first step was taken today towards a full banking union with an aim of economic and political union in the future of your gut -- in the future. >> today we will take going to the cinema to delight in technicolor films for granted. a century ago they were just coming out in black and white.
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now the earliest moving color pictures ever made have been rediscovered in the north of england. russell little girl with the red sash -- >> a little girl with a , and it is goldfish compan all 110 years old. the film was produced by one of cinemas pioneers, edward turner. his oregon's new he tried to create color film, -- historians new he tried to create color film. then he was given this old can that was sitting on the shelves. >> i opened it, took a little film out now, and i recognize the process. i could not quite believe my eyes. >> he died in 1990 through -- 1993 while his idea was only an
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idea. >> it is the quality of the color that amazes you. this also tells us something else. this is the family. that baby is not yet year-old, so it has to be 19001, 1900 to, the first color -- 1902, the first color moving pictures. that might change other bits of film history. >> we have to go deeper and pull the date for the beginning of the medium slightly further back, because there are other pioneers who made systems they never manage to get projected onto a screen. >> what ever historians make of it, it is a glimpse of 1902 we have never had before. it looks real and not and reflect back to a garden in london when a gunman made history by doing what fathers always do with a new camera --
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filming -- when a gunman made history by doing what fathers always do with a new camera -- filming the children. >> that brings us to a close. you can find more on our website. things so much for watching. i will see you tomorrow. -- thanks so much for watching. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding for this presentation was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank.
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